New 3D goggles help doctors search for mutations in cancerous tumors

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Researchers in New York are now using virtual reality to delve deep inside the human body in hopes of unlocking a cure for cancer.

Researchers at Weill-Cornell Medicine developed the genome sequencing software application.

Doctors wear a virtual reality headset to visualize protein structures in 3D space, searching for mutations in tumors.

" You would use both of your hands to stretch it and shrink it and that would allow you to grow or shrink the model. Now if I want to turn the model , I can use either my right hand or my left hand, depending on how I move it up or down or left and right and the model equally rotates," said Alex Sigaras, of Weill-Cornell Medicine.

The new 3D technology is already being used by medical fellows studying tumors.